CAPE TOWN – The Cape of Good Hope SPCA, in collaboration with the City of Cape Town’s Law Enforcement Animal Control Unit, arrested five (5) minors involved in dogfighting activities in Retreat, Cape Town.
The Cape of Good Hope SPCA was alerted to the incident on Thursday, 31 August 2023, when an eyewitness filmed the minors actively involved in a dogfight with two Pitbull-type dogs. By the time the SPCA Inspectors arrived on the scene, the minors had fled, taking the injured dogs with them.
After a thorough search of the area, the SPCA Inspectors located the minors along with one of the badly injured dogs. When the Inspectors attended to the dog, the minors once again ran away. The minors were later apprehended in Grassy Park with the second injured dog. Both dogs were found to be severely injured with several puncture wounds.
The minors, aged between 10 and 12 years, are now in police custody and facing charges in terms of Section 2A of the Animals Protection Act 71 of 1962.
Dogfighting is illegal in South Africa. A person found guilty of any involvement in dogfighting is liable for a fine of R80,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 24 months with a criminal record.
“A clear and unequivocal message must be sent to those who mistreat animals: their actions are unacceptable, no matter how old they are. The SPCA stands ready to act decisively and make sure justice is done for the welfare of animals.” said Chief Inspector Jaco Pieterse of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA
It has been revealed that the dogs involved were stolen from nearby suburbs. Additionally, the minors disclosed to the Inspectors that this cruel activity is a regular occurrence.
“Hearing this sent shivers down my spine, as it’s deeply unsettling to know that young boys are engaged in such cruel behavior. The realization that if they aren’t stopped now, their actions could escalate to even more horrifying deeds in the future is alarming.” said Inspector Mark Syce of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA
The Cape of Good Hope SPCA extends its gratitude to the City of Cape Town’s Law Enforcement Animal Control Unit for their assistance in the operation.
Report Activities of Dogfighting
We encourage the public to continue to be vigilant and report any animal cruelty activities by calling our 24/7 Inspectorate Control Room on 021 700 4158/9 or via our website at https://capespca.co.za/report-cruelty/
The Cape of Good Hope SPCA offers a reward of up to R5,000 for information leading to the arrest and successful conviction of dog fighters.
JOINT PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CITY OF CAPE TOWN
The Cape of Good Hope SPCA and City of Cape Town Law Enforcement joined forces in 2021 in a quest to eradicate dogfighting activities in Cape Town. The partnership has joint responsibility with the SPCA as custodian of the Animal Protection Act and Law Enforcement as the custodian of the City Bylaws, which both govern and impact on issues pertaining to dogfighting. The partnership also ensures a close working relationship to educate and raise awareness to stop dog fighting.
Useful Tips to keep your dog safe:
Pit bull-type breeds are at high risk of being stolen for dubious purposes. It is crucial that their owners ensure their safety. Secure fencing, and vigilant supervision can prevent loyal companions from falling into the hands of dog fighters and keep them safe from harm. Remember to keep dogs securely on your property. Separate the front and the back of your property and restrict them from the front garden if you are not at home or when you are not able to supervise them.” Spaying and neutering your dogs also makes them less attractive to dog fighters, and please microchip them to ensure undeniable proof of ownership if they are ever taken from you. The SPCA provides both sterilisation and microchipping services at welfare rates.